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What do spam and the mafia have in common?

Production Theory

Blog10/11/2007

A couple days ago, Alexey Tolstokozhev, a Russian spammer was found murdered. The crime scene investigators have ruled it as a probable mob hit (due to the placement of bullets). Alexey...

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Are the Chinese robbing and invading us?

EducationMedia and CultureProduction Theory

Blog09/30/2007

The new issue of Chronicles contains the usual odd mix of anti-statism and statism blended into a strange brew that recalls the Free Silver Populism of the late 19th century (down with taxes and up with inflation! Down with Wall Street and up with protection! ). There are good articles...

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Unions as Central Planning Mechanisms

Big GovernmentLegal SystemMonopoly and CompetitionProduction Theory

Blog09/24/2007

Lew Rockwell on unions. One of my favorite lines from people is the one that goes, "Well, nowadays unions are awful, but the early intentions were good." The early intentions of unions were the same as the modern goals: to...

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The Piracy Paradox

Capital and Interest TheoryEntrepreneurshipProduction Theory

Blog09/20/2007

My post Knock It Off discusses Jacob Sullum's Reason article about knockoffs in the high-fashion industry, and the lobbying by designers for copyright-like protection of clothing designs. A recent article in The New Yorker,...

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Giant Food Companies Welcome the Regulatory State

Big GovernmentInterventionismProduction Theory

Blog09/17/2007

"It's in our interest to have a strong FDA," said GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) President Cal Dooley, a former California congressman. "We need to have consumer confidence in the food products."

The ...

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Sacrificing Workers on the Competition Altar

Monopoly and CompetitionProduction Theory

Blog09/04/2007

The recent Whole Foods victory over the Federal Trade Commission may obscure the harsh truth that when antitrust regulators challenge a merger, the companies involved usually surrender, not fight. Among the "routine" merger reviews is...

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The Truth About Labor Day

InterventionismMonopoly and CompetitionProduction Theory

Blog09/03/2007

Labor Day is supposed to honor all American workers. And every year, union Labor Day rhetoric does just that. Unfortunately, it then makes the false leap to the claim that unions advance the interests of all American working men and women, not just their members. In fact, despite unions' pro-...

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Breaking Bad Habits A Century Later

Media and CultureInterventionismProduction Theory

Blog09/03/2007

Paging through The Last Knight, Guido Hülsmann summarizes the dismal conditions, the zeitgeist of the tertiary educational system Mises endured at the University of Vienna:

The lectures were...
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Thomas Friedman on Addicted to Oil

The EnvironmentCalculation and KnowledgeProduction Theory

Blog08/21/2007

I recently saw Thomas Friedman's "Addicted to Oil" documentary on YouTube. A few nits to pick. First, of course, he unquestioningly buys into the global warming hype as one of the reasons we need to "do something." Second, he uncritically...

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